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In most instances, people consider the methods of feeding before buying meat. This is because the meat of animals fed natural grass is better than that of animals fed fodder treated with antibiotics. Another important factor to consider when buying your Paleo diet meat from the butcher is the look of the meat. The more the fat the more moisture the meat will hold when it is cooked. Choose dry looking meat to avoid loss of juices during cooking as it is usually the case with wet looking meat. The dry meat has a higher potential of becoming tender when cooked since the fibers break down as a result of hanging. The best cut is one with a dry look, purplish or deep red color and marbled. A top layer of creamy fat also goes to show a good meat cut for your Paleo diet.
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Good meat should be evenly cooked and cooked at the right temperatures for that matter. Besides choosing the best meat for your Paleo cooking, your end result will depend on the cooking method that you select. The options that you have include:
- Roasting: It is best for tender cuts like pork loin, beef ribs, poultry and lamb racks. You will need to place the meat in a hot over at about 425F first, around 15 minutes before you can place the meat. Then, lower the temperatures to cook the meat till it's ready. Pork and chicken should be thoroughly cooked, but red meat can be underdone. You can also choose slow roasting, pot roasting and pan roasting depending on the method that you feel is most convenient for you.
Frying: It is the most common method and it is suitable
for all tender cuts like steaks, ribs, chops, chicken breasts and even
tenderloins. Use healthy fat for frying such as ghee or coconut oil or
any other fat that won't burn. For stir frying, make sure that your meat
slices are thin even cooking.
- Grilling: This method guarantees you delicious tasty meat every time. With modern grills, you will only need to place the meat and allow it to grill. You can add your spices and dressings to get the overall results that you want. Tongs should be used in this method so that the meat juices are not lost through piercing. Other cooking methods that you can try for your Paleo meat include poaching suitable for chicken and fish, and stewing and braising suitable for tougher cuts like the shins, shoulders and beef brisket.